Author: saundralparker

How to Make a Bunny Bag for Easter Goodies Using Two Methods for the Bag

I made two different bags, one premade and the other, I made from cardstock.

Using a Pre-made Bag: I saw a similar bag on, link: that I played with, to make it unique.

Take a lunch bag (white if you want to make a white rabbit) and then fold the top down under the gusset on the back of the bag.

For the Body: I used a 4 1/2″ wide circle die and cut a circle, then cut about an inch straight across the bottom of the circle to create a flat bottom to the circle, using Fiskars Guillotine Trimmer link:

Changes I made on this bunny from face decorations below:

Eyes: two white 1″ circles distress edges w/ gray ink (I used Stampin Up Going Gray ink, but you can also use Smoky Slate link: as Going Gray is no longer available, unless you shop on ebay. I used a Tim Holtz Blending Tool link: to add ink to the edges. Use two, 3/8″ black circles for eyeballs. Use a white gel pen to make two dashes and a dot in the blacks of the eyes for the pupils.

Cheeks: 2 white oval 1 1/2″ long oval dies, overlapping by about 1/4″ in the center. I distressed the centers of the cheeks with Distress Ink Spun Sugar

Feet: two 2″ white punched circles and 1″ pink circle centers plus 8 pink 1/4″ circles from circle punch (I didn’t have that size circle punch, so used my Crop a Dile Big Bite (link below under toes) on the 3/16″ punch to create my pink toes. I distressed around the edges of white pieces with gray ink and pink edges were distressed with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

Whiskers: I used the fringe making scissors link: and made one snip as long as I could make the snip, and then cut these out with a triangle of paper so they would stick together. I spread apart the whiskers so they look more natural, then did the same thing again for the other set of whiskers.

Ears: Two 2″ scalloped oval paper punch pink for centers and 2 white 2 1/2″ oval punched ears (I did have to cut the sides down as they were too wide.)

Bow Tie: I made a bow tie for him using the 3 d bow video I just uploaded. link:

I made a belly band that is 12″ long and 1″ wide and wrapped it around the bag with about 1/8″ gap so the band will slide on and off and the band would hold the bag shut then used wet glue to hold it together. I glued the ears onto the belly band with about 3/4″ below the belly band.

I adhered the face in one piece, as I glued the cheeks together overlapping each other, and the eyes, glued overlapping each other glued a little underneath the cheeks. I put thick foam tape beneath the face so the belly band will slide under the face a little bit. Make sure the foam tape isn’t under the eyes, so the belly band will slide further under the face than mine did.

Making our own Bag: I saw a similar bag on Mixed Up Craft link : I used the bag Sam made as a template and then decorated to make it unique.

Using a 12 x 12 white cardstock link : , scored on one side at 1 1/2″ and 8″ then turn the paper once in your scoreboard, and score at 4 3/8″, 5 7/8″, 10 1/4″, and 11 3/4″. Fold and burnish the scores. With the 11 3/4″ score on your left, cut out the scores all the way to the 4 3/8″ score, so all you have left on the top of your bag is one square. I used the Kadomaru Pro link: to round the corners on the top of the square left behind. With the 11 3/4″ score on your left side (I often call this the 1/4″ score), Cut the 11 3/4″ score away, up to the first score line, which should be 1 1/2″. On the next score line, (10 1/4″ score if you flipped the paper over) cut up to the 1 1/2″ score line, then move to the 5 7/8″ score and cut up to the 1 1/2″ score, then do the same on the 4 3/8″ score. NOTE: If you turn the paper over, you’d more easily find them with a ruler to cut them. Make sure you cut out the score lines when you do this. Then cut each one of the cuts you just made, with an angled edge so they’re easier to fold into the bag. Fold in the 1/4″ score line on the left, and cut an angled edge to the very top (the same side as the big box you left behind) of the 1/4″ score. After folding in the 1/4″ score, put tear tape to the score and remove backing, then fold the section with the big square at the top over onto the 1/4″ score and the bag is made.

To close the bottom, lay one long flap down, then put glue on the inside of the two small flaps and lay them onto the long flap you just closed, then put wet glue (I used Brutus Monroe’s wet glue, they changed their packaging, link:, then add glue to the remaining long flap, and close the bottom. Use a ruler inside the bag to push the bottom down so it stays glued.

For a closure: Put self adhesive velcro link: (both pieces together) on the center of back of the top flap, then close the flap, making sure the velcro attaches to the top and keeps the bag closed.

For the body: Take one of the 4 `1/2″ circles you die cut and lay it on the bag under the flap, up to the velcro piece (but not covering it) and make a mark on the circle where it touches the bottom edge of the bag, then trim the circle off. Once trimmed, distress the edges. I used a Tim Holtz Blending Tool & Stampin’ Up Going Gray ink for this, then glue the circle onto the bag with the straight part of the circle lined up with the bottom edge of the bag.

Feet: two white ovals used 1 1/2″ oval die. Distress edges w/ gray ink

Toes: 8 Pink 1/4″ circles (didn’t have a punch so used my Crop a dile big bite on the 3/16″ mark link: and 2 pink 1″ circles for ball of feet, distress edges w/ Spun Sugar

Cheeks: Two 1 1/4″ pink circles (punch) distress edges w/ Spun Sugar Distress Ink

Eyes: two 1″ white circle, distress edges w/ gray ink and two 3/8″ black circles for eye balls. Add two dashes and a dot with a white gel pen to the blacks of the eyes to create a pupil look.

Nose: pink Stampin Up Little Labels punch: Round top edge of punched image and distress edges w/ Spun Sugar ink

Teeth: square 1 1/4″ tall by 1″ wide, white scrap, cut a notch in center of bottom to look like buck teeth, then distress edges w/ gray ink

Eyelashes: Cut small long slits into black cardstock. You can use Fringe Making scissors link: but I chose to cut mine with normal scissors. (I remade these as mine weren’t long enough) In the end, my slits were 1″ long and the eyelashes were a total of `1 1/4″ long so I had a base to glue them on with and 1 1/4″ wide, Curl the eyelashes by wrapping them around a round object like a highlighter marker or in my case, my Pokey Tool link:

To adhere cheeks/nose/teeth..take the cheeks and glue a small amount and overlap them, then glue the nose near the center, and glue the teeth under the cheeks at the bottom, centered.

Whiskers: I hand cut out whiskers in black cardstock, then laid the ones I hand cut onto another piece of black cardstock and traced with a white gel pen, then cut them out so they would match each other. I spread the whiskers with my fingers so they were more spread apart.

Ears: Draw 1 1/4″ wide by 2 1/2″ long ear on a white scrap, then cut it out and trace it onto another white scrap, then cut it out so both match. Ink edges with gray ink. Then using a scalloped oval punch that’s about 1 1/2″ long, punch out two pink pieces and color with new Distress Oxide Kitsch Flamingo ink link: to color the scallop ovals. I used Stampin Up’s retired Strawberry Slush ink to add more color around the edges with foam makeup brushes that you need to squirt twice with water before putting it into your ink. Link to foam makeup took: Glue the ovals into the white ears you cut out.

Adhering face to bag: I’ve already glued the body down, so add the feet on angles near bottom of bag then take the cheeks, nose and teeth that we’ve adhered and glue them to the bottom area of the flap, then add the eyes that should be very close to each other above the rest of the face, and glue the ears offset and bent near the top of the bag. I punched out a lot of flowers and leaves that I had dies for in my stash (and don’t know the names of the dies, sorry) and added some with foam squares under, and some I glued directly to the bag. I added her bow (created from last video link: and she is done.

In the video, I went back to the first bag, and those directions are from above.

Then I show how to make longer eyelashes and how to make the face of the girl bunny look better by putting the eyes closer together (after I had to rip them off of the bag…bummer.

How to Make Any Size 3 D Bows Without Tools

I’ve been wanting to make a few videos showing you easy ways to make crafty embellishments and I’m starting with 3-d bows.

You don’t want your cardstock to be so thick that it acts like cardboard.

I used Graphic 45 paper from an old paper pad called Couture.

I cut it to 12″ long by 1 1/2″ tall and then folded the paper in half making sure the side I want showing is facing out. Cut the center fold like a tag with a snip on either side, cut on a diagonal. Then fold the ends of the paper back into the middle and crease them. If you can cut these two ends like a tag, cut them, but if you can’t cut through both, cut one at a time and cut diagonal snips on either side, then do the same with the other end.

The scissors I use are from Tim Holtz and are his 5″ snips, link:

Glue Dots work well for adhering the bow together…but you can use whatever glue you choose. Link:

Take something round like a crochet hook, knitting needle, paint brush, Sharpie, highlighter, anything round..roll the middle two sections around the round object of your choice so the paper is ready to curl. Put a glue dot on either side of the center. Then take one of the bent center pieces and lay it on one of the glue dots. Do the same with the other side to create the loopy part of your bow. Add a glue dot behind each of your loops and lay the loose flap on this on the other end as well. Cut about 1/2″ off of the ends of your flaps and keep one, and cut it in half lengthwise. Roll it around your circular object then put glue dots behind the center of the bow and lay the end of the piece you’ve just cut in half on the glue dot and wrap the piece around the center of the bow and attach it to the other glue dot.

To create the flag ends, cut into the center of the end flap about 1/2″ and then cut from either end into the center to create the flag. Do the same to the other end.

To make your bow more 3-d hold the center of the bow and push the loop toward the center to make it more puffy.

To make a smaller bow, take 5 1/2″ long by 3/4″ tall scrap of cardstock and do exactly what you did with the larger bow above to create a smaller bow.

You could make a much larger bow by attaching two pieces of 12 x 12″ cardstock together and then cut it down to 22″ long by 3 1/2″ wide and follow the same directions from above.

You can make whatever size bow you choose, it’s all up to you.

I’m Obsessed with 3-D Projects and…

decided I needed to try to design one for myself. I want storage for my Prismacolor pencils I’ve tried pencil rolls, and my girlfriend even made some for me for Christmas a few years ago. If you’re not familiar with them, they look like this…

I thought I’d really like using the rolls, but I have the set of 150 Prismacolors, and I had to go through three or four rolls looking for the color I wanted, and decided that wasn’t a workable solution. So then I decided that one box large enough to hold the pencil set would be great. I even made dividers so I could put pencils in three different partitions, red/orange/yellow/pink, blue/green/purple, tans/browns/grays/black and it still seems too tricky to find colors I wanted. Here’s an idea of the type of box I used, and I just hot glued in partitions.

DIY /Vintage Box Book from recycle cardboard /CARDBOARD BOXES CRAFTS -  YouTube

I thought about buying storage normally used for pastels, but figured if it didn’t work, I’d have to figure out another use for this. My main concern is that it won’t hold all of my pencils. In looking at these, it seems the largest number of pencils each drawer would hold would be 40 (and that number seems high to me.) So that would leave me with 30 pencils and no place to store them.

3 Drawer Wood Pastel Box: Home & Kitchen

I watched a video by Mixed Up Craft and really loved the idea of it. It’s a set of drawers that she made with foam core. I will be trying to make this project from foam core in the future, but decided I work better with cardboard, and I have to create my project from scratch, as the size I want each drawer to be, is 7 1/2 x 7 1/2″ cy 1 1/2″ tall, which is much larger than anything I’ve seen a crafter do. Plus my unit will need five drawers, each divided in half. I figure that will give me one section for reds, oranges, pinks, yellows, greens, blues, purples, grays, tans/browns and the tenth section will hold black, white and blending tools.

Beautiful DIY Drawer Storage

I worked on it today, and it will take me a long time to make. I finished one drawer and cut out a lot of cardboard and a ton of hinges to make the drawers sturdy. I’m happy with the drawer I made, but hope that eventually I can make drawers faster. Four hours is way too long to plan measure, cut and adhere everything to make one drawer. I am looking forward to the time when I can measure, cut and adhere the outer case for my drawers, and hope this storage system is the last one I consider for my pencils. I’ll be making a video showing the project, but won’t be doing anything until I can make a drawer rather quickly, and then I’ll make the outer case for the drawer so you can make your own. I have to say, if mine turns out anywhere in the neighborhood as cute as the one Sam Calcott (Mixed Up Craft) made, I’ll be thrilled.

Repairing a Self-Healing Cutting Mat Used to Replace a Plate in a Die Cutting Machine

A year ago, I replaced the bottom cutting plate for my Vagabond with a cutting mat from the sewing section of Hobby Lobby. The one I bought was small, 6 x 8″, and here’s a link to one.

Here’s a link to the original video showing how I cut it down to fit my Vagabond die cutting machine.

The thickness of your cutting mat is really important, and when I was done, my mat was slightly thinner than I needed it to be, so I added a chopping mat from Dollar Tree that I adhered with tear tape to the bottom, and have never needed to replace or re-glue in a year’s worth of serious usage. Link to chopping mat:

After a year’s worth of using the replacement “cutting plate” that I made, it was getting a lot of cuts and paper fibers caught inside, so I decided to “refresh” it. You’ll want to thoroughly clean your mat with a mild cleanser. I used a combination of baby shampoo 1 1/2 tsp. to a spray bottle of water. I use this to clean everything in my craft room, including my stamps. I had to use a scrub brush to really clean it, and to remove the paper fibers that were stuck in the mat surface. Link: After the mat was well cleaned, I covered it with a damp/wet towel that I laid over it and kept that way overnight. You don’t want to use hot water as cutting mats don’t like heat or sunlight, so also keep it out of sunlight. I made sure the towel was damp enough that it would stay wet overnight. In the morning, my mat had healed almost all of the cuts and after a year of using it, it was ready for another year.

NOTE: You can place your mat in a sink of room temperature water, but I was afraid if I did this, since I’d cut the original mat on the sides, and adhered the Dollar Tree chopping mat to the underside, that the water would seep into the sides that I cut, and would remove the chopping mat. My system worked just as well as putting it in the sink, and I didn’t have issues with it.

The Never Ending Card, by Viewer Request

My girlfriend send me a never ending card for Christmas and viewers asked if I would give it a try…So here it is.

I made an A2 sized card, but thought it would be easier to show you how to make a 6 x 6″ version.

Start with two pieces of medium weight cardstock cut to 6″ long x 3″ tall.

Score all four pieces on the 6″ length at 1 1/2″ on both ends (by turning the card stock around to the other end) then turn to the 3″ length and score at 1 1/2″ down to the score line you just made, then turn the cardstock around to the other end and score at 1 1/2″ down to the score line.

Make sure your cardstock are exactly the same size and if they aren’t shave off to make sure they are.. Lay two of your cardstock down one above the other, making sure the long score lines run from top to bottom (vertically) and put a piece of washi tape to keep them together. Then lay the other two pieces of cardstock with the long score lines horizontal (going from left to right ) Add wet glue to the cardstock with the long scores going vertically, on the top left and right square and the bottom left and right squares. They lay the other two cardstock with the horizontal long scores on top and make sure the glue has time to set up before you fold them. Once the glue is set, fold the card open and burnish each of the folds. Open the card and continue folding each until you’re back to the front again.

Decorate with:

8 pieces 2 3/4 x 2 3/4″ You can use four of one pattern and four of another.

4 pieces of 2 3/4″ x 1 1/4″

16 pieces of 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ squares

I used a bunny stamp and die set that my girlfriend sent me, and unfortunately, she didn’t send me the packaging, so I don’t know the name of the set..sorry

Laying down the decorated pieces can sometimes be tricky, and I recommend you just tacking the layers down until you are sure they are placed with the pattern going in the right direction. You’ll also need to make sure that the bunnies or whatever you use as embellishments, are not only placed going the right direction, but also that you glue them into the center so you don’t see them when you’re on a different fold (if that makes sense.) You want to only see the images when you open the card to that layer.

To eliminate ink I accidentally dropped on the image, use a Tombow Sand Eraser and gently remove mark.

I stamped a Happy Easter sentiment from an old retired stamp set from Amuse Studio called For Peep Sake.

More Ideas For Mica Powders

I was sent the set of 24 mica powders from the nice people at the Hippie Crafter and I wanted to show you some ideas for using them.

I’ll definitely make another video showing additional ideas, as I didn’t want to cram too much into this video.

Sadly, their mica powder is currently sold out, but here’s the link for it for future reference. It is available on Amazon and here’s the link:

Mica powder:

To make watercolor paint from mica powder:

Use the back of a foam plate or foam container to mix the paint on. You’ll need a small container to put the paint into once you’ve made it and the container should have a lid. Take a palette knife and put maybe a teaspoon of mica powder in the color of your choice, onto the back of the foam plate. Add enough gum arabic link: until it is the consistency of cream. You’ll need to use the palette knife to work the mica and gum arabic back and forth until they are well incorporated. The container you choose for it should come with a lid, as you won’t want dust or dirt to contaminate your new paint. Let the paint dry and then rewet with water when you want to use it.

Yellow & Green Floral Wreath Card:

Floral Wreath Die from In Love Arts link:

I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4″ and then put washi tape on it to divide it into rows from top to bottom on the 4″ length. I painted the outside rows green, the inside two rows yellow, and the center row green. Once it was dry, I glued it to a card base that is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. I cut and painted the floral wreath die cut and once it was dry, put very thin foam tape behind it and added it to the panel with stripes. I painted another piece of white scrap cardstock with yellow paint (large enough for the hello die to cover it) and when it was dry, die cut “hello” and then wet glued this to the card.

Butterfly card:

I took a goldish colored 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card base and using a big butterfly I found in my stash, put wet glue on the center of the butterfly and centered it on the card. I added the metallic watercolor paints to it over the blue, red and yellow of the butterfly. I painted a scrap of white cardstock with the red paint I’d made, and die cut “hello” from it, then wet glued this to the bottom of the card.

DIY Gift Wrap:

I took a roll of brown paper used for masking when painting.. It is 9″ tall link: Make it the length you need, then take your mica powder, plastic packaging, palette knife and Collage Pauge matte link: and mix the mica powder and Mod Podge or Collage Pauge together until they are nice and creamy. Paint whatever pattern you choose onto the brown paper. You could also use a brown paper bag, as long as it’s not wrinkled and it shouldn’t have writing on it.

Laminating Book Marks: Take a bunch of leaf dies and cut them out of whatever paper you choose. Then rub the leaves in embossing ink link: or vegetable glycerin and then paint them with the mica powder colors of your choice. Next, lay them in a laminating pouch and run them through your laminator. I do this twice as they might not completely get sealed the first time you run them through.

I also made smoke by flicking mica powders in silver/black, white and a dark gray onto the center section of a laminating pouch and then laminating it. You can also paint a laminating pouch with mica powders and I showed this by painting stripes with the powders I’d used for the smoke.

You can also paint napkins with mica powder and then run the painted napkin through your laminator.

I’m sorry I haven’t written on my blog…

I really feel terrible that I haven’t kept up with my blog. I used to write something on it every day and now I wonder why I can’t find the inspiration to write any more. I must have had some good ideas, but since the year of covid, I can’t think of anything I think you’d want to read.

I’m lucky to have found a niche on YouTube and to have so many wonderful people follow my channel. Lately, small companies have been sending me craft supplies to try, and I’m thrilled by it, but I also feel badly, because so many crafty women/men don’t have the money to spend on their craftiness. So I decided I am going to do more giveaways so we can share in my good fortune. I wish I had more ways to help fellow crafters in need, like we did after the huge hurricanes that almost destroyed Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida a few years ago. If you have any ideas on the subject, please let me know, as I’m always looking for ways to make a difference.

I have a die set of a nurse’s scrubs and I’m going to make cards for the nurses on the covid unit in our local hospital. If I could find more and better ways to say thank you, I would. I’d like to start giving back a lot more. I know it’s late, but that’s my plan for 2021…OK, for the next ten months. Maybe next year I’ll get serious about making a plan in January, but I doubt it.

Haul from InLoveArts com and Making a Card from Their Die

The nice people at sent me some terrific products and I thought I’d show them to you as well as make a card using one of their dies.

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Birth year tape link:

Mini Wood Easel link:

Starry Sky Background Die link:

Heart String Background Die link:

Funny Dog Stamps link:

ABC Letter Alphabet Word Dies link:

Simple Hollow Lace Frame Dies link:

Christmas Series Dwarfs Stamps link:

Rectangular Sunflower Background Die link:

Enthusiasm Maple Leaf Decor Dies ink:

Making a card with the Heart String Background Die : After cutting out this die and removing all of the hearts from inside the die, I took tear tape and laid it above each of the four rows of hearts, then cut out small rectangles in three different colors of scraps. I laid each of the rectangles over a heart and made sure that the paper covered the whole heart. I alternated the three colors (light purple, dark purple, light green, and when I went to the next line of hearts, I changed the first color (first row, light purple, second row dark purple, third row, green, fourth row should have been light purple, but I screwed up and started with light green again, bummer.) I used the cardstock scrap from cutting out the alphabet dies to layer the hearts on, and had paper that matched, and made a 1/2″ border so it really stands out. I used a 5 x 7″ card base and cut a hugs die with a surround, out of four different colors and should have gone with the original two colors as I think they looked better. I cut the letters out of hugs and laid a different color on each letter and used Nuvo Precision Glue Pen Link:

I put tear tape link: on the back of the striped paper and laid all three layers onto the card base near the top. I glued the “Hugs” near the bottom on an angle, and laid three of the red hearts that came from the heart die beside hugs. I added Glossy Accents link: to the hearts. I used the .5 oz bottle, but if you can squeeze the 2 oz bottle, I recommend you buy that as you’d save a good amount of money by doing so.

Showing Cards/Gifts & Making Bulk Cards Using Hunkydory Images & Watercolors

I wanted to replenish my card stash, so made this video showing how to do it as quickly and simply as possible.

First, I wanted to share the Christmas cards I got from friends..

Next I want to make cards using HunkyDory and 3d Push Outs.

Here are the links to the 3d Push Outs: NOTE: Since these products came from the UK, I could only find links from Australian based craft companies. The price was only $2.50 per package, but shipping might be exorbitant so you’ll want to check that out..

SB10486 Keep it Cool 3 D Push Out Amazing Owls link:

SB10308 Keep it Cool 3d Push Outs Cool Birds (Cardinals) Link\:

Three 3d push outs, they have numbers from top to bottom, from 1 to 4. You’ll want to use the largest image (at the top) #1 and glue this in place on your card. I always like to snip off the small tabs that connect it to its backing, as otherwise, it has an unfinished look. Then take # 2 image, and add foam squares to the back and lay it over the #1 image so it lines up perfectly, then do the same with #3 and #4. As the images get smaller, you’ll need to cut your foam squares in half. I use Bearly Art glue to glue down the smallest pieces that you can’t put foam squares under.

At 11:30, I started making watercolor cards. I show a lot of background stamps, but in the end, didn’t use all of them.

Here are the link to the background stamps I showed:

Rubbernecker Stamps: Poppies Background: Sorry this was retired.

The Ton Stamps: Peony Garden link: I didn’t use any of these stamped images, as my embossing didn’t work well. My fault, I had a small dog hair in the embossing powder that ruined the images.

Rubbernecker Stamps: Abstract Roses This stamp has been retired, but Rubbernecker has a new stamp that looks very’s the link:

Unity Stamps: Obsessed with Floral link:

I used inexpensive cardstock from Joanns that is 12 x 12 white from Park Lane. I cut these into 6 x 6″ pieces so the background stamps aren’t going to stamp to the edge of the cardstock and I have somewhere to hold onto.

The embossing ink I used: Brutus Monroe Embossing ink and I used his embossing pouch as well.

Embossing Powder: Ranger Gold and Ranger Silver

I stamped the Unity Stamp Obsessed with Floral stamp by putting the stamp face up on my desk and using the paper I’d cut (and covered with an embossing pouch to eliminate fingerprints or excess embossing powder) I laid the paper over the stamp after I’ve inked it with embossing ink and holding it in place with one hand, rubbed the paper with my other hand. Then I put embossing powder over the image and tapped off the excess onto a piece of scrap paper and put that powder back into the bottle and closed the top. If there are any stray bits of embossing powder, take a paint brush and wipe them off. I heat set the image and then after it was cool, I painted it with watercolors set of 36: Pretty Excellent Paint link: Amazon: price $18.98 w/ coupon The brushes I used were from Creative Mark Polar Flo #2, #8 from a set of 7 I got from Amazon. Link:

I colored the background with a couple of colors mixed together..I used a green and a lighter green and some water so they are muted colors. For the flower I used the third yellow from the left, Cad Yellow for the stamen with the #2 brush, then mixed an orange and a red to make it more reddish orange for the rest of the flower.

The metallic glitter card bases I bought in a big box from Michaels several years ago so I don’t have a link for them. They are A2 size cards, 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″.

I cut the floral images to 4 3/4″ tall by 2″ wide. I cut a layer of mirror cardstock (matching color) to go under these to 4 7/8″ x 2 1/8″ I used Bearly Art Glue to glue the watercolor layer to the mirror layer and then I used hot glue to adhere these layers to the card base.

By cutting the watercolor bases to 2″ wide, I was able to get two out of every background I colored. I could have cut the centers out of the mirrored cardstock to use in other projects, but didn’t feel like going to that much extra effort.

Prized Peony Card & How to Use the Peony Dies (Kind of Tricky)

I wanted to make a card featuring the Prized Peony stamp and die set from Stampin’ Up.

Prized Peony stamps link:

Prized Peony dies link:

I used the old Stampin Up punch called the Modern label punch that’s retired but you can still find it on I punched out the sentiment from white cardstock scraps using this punch, and laid the sentiment aside.

Coloring was done with Arteza Everblend (alcohol) Markers, but any alcohol marker will work. It appears that Arteza is revamping their markers. I have several different types of alcohol markers and they all work well, so use whichever set you want.

I used Colorbox inks on the die cuts that are no longer sold, sorry.

I colored the stamen with a black water based marker and made sure to color the edges then used a Wink of Stella black marker from this set: to go over the black ink.

I used Bearly Art Glue Link:

I cut out all of the dies on white card stock then using Dollar Tree makeup brush link:, I colored the tops of all of the flower dies, and used green alcohol markers on the leaves. The leaves come in two pieces each. One leaf has a straight edge and there’s a second die with a straight edge that you’ll color a different green color and lay on top of the straight edge leaf, gluing them together. The other leaf has a more jagged edge, so you’ll use the corresponding jagged edge piece to lay on it.

To put the flower dies together, start with the smallest die cut that you should have inked the top of, then take the next bigger die cut and slide the smaller die cut into the slit in the bigger die cut and line up the bottoms of both and put a dot of glue near the bottom between the two. Then take the next bigger die cut and slide the other two die cuts into that slit and line up the bottoms and put a dot of glue between these near the bottom. Insert the stamen in the top middle of these dies, and glue it in place. Then take the biggest die cut (this one should have color all around the edges) and insert the other die cuts into the slit on this one, line up the bottom edges of them and put a couple dots of glue at the bottom and squeeze until the glue sets. The flower is now done. You can glue your leaves to the back and ruffle out the edges if you want a more 3-d look.

The card base is 5 1/2″ tall by 4 1/4″ wide. I used white heavyweight cardstock from Michaels Recollection line link: and glued a layer of pink cardstock that is 5 3/8″ tall by 4 1/8″ wide to the front of the card base using a Tombow tape runner link: I glued the die cut leaves to the back of the flower and after gluing the flower in place, I added foam squares to the back near the bottom of the leaves so they’d have dimension.. I glued down a stem and bud that I’d stamped from the Prized Peony set then glued the flower to the top of the stem. I had to add more marker to the stem to make it look strong enough to hold the flower. I laid a piece of organza clear ribbon that had gold edges (from my stash) to the bottom of the stem and wrapped it under the pink card stock layer by gently lifting the pink card stock. I used foam squares to adhere the sentiment we punched out at the beginning of the video to the ribbon. I forgot to mention that I used the makeup brush from Dollar Tree with the same ink from Color Box and brushed around the edges of the sentiment so it looks like it fits the card.

I wanted to add some dimension to the bud, and originally put Diamond Glaze on it, but it looked odd, so I tore off that bud and re-colored two buds, gluing one in place, and adding a couple of smaller leaves I had stamped and hand cut out to either side of the base of the bud. I took a foam square cut in small pieces and adhered it under the base of the bud so it’s angled up and has good dimension.

I took small pink diamonds (from my stash) that were adhered together, and cut them so they could be used singly. I used a diamond tool with wax in it to pick them off their backing and adhere them basically all over the card. I think they really set the card off..